Welcome to my new feature, where I will be combining books and movies! I bet you can guess how I came up in the name, but in case you aren’t; Alice in Wonderland. You can find my inspirations in this post Fairytale news: other content.
Information: Director: Chris Columbus.
Released: on February 11th 2010.
Length: 118 minutes.
Storyline (IMDB): A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods. Zeus's lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Even more troubling is the sudden disappearance of Percy's mother. As Percy finds himself caught between angry and battling gods, he and his friends embark on a cross-country adventure to catch the true lightning thief, save Percy's mom, and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods themselves.
Casting and character comparisons to the book:
I’m going to be really honest here. I don’t like Logan Lerman. There is something about his head that doesn’t work for me. I also don’t like how they make him whiny and angsty. They took away Percy’s humour and the way he easily adapts to new situations. Together with his bad acting, I found it hard to like movie-Percy. I am okay with the casting from Annabeth, even when I didn’t like the way they portrayed her. She is much bitchier in the movie and her interest for being an architect is brushed aside. Grover seems to be there for the comical relief, I found his role in the book more prominent and important.Next up; Hades. It’s not a bad actor, but after reading this description in the book I wonder what they were thinking. The movie Hades look more like a drunk homeless guy you find under a bridge, because his rock band is a failure. I like his book version.
‘He was at least ten feet tall, for one thing, and dressed in black silk robes and a crown of braided gold. His skin was albino white, his hair shoulder-length and jet black. He wasn’t bulked up like Ares, but he radiated power. Intense eyes, the same kind of mesmerizing, evil charisma. Looking lithe, graceful and dangerous as a panther.’
I’m confused why they casted Rosario Dawson as Persephone, since she has no appearance in the book. The story takes place leading up to the summer, which means Persephone spends her time with her mother Demeter. She is only in the Underworld in Fall and Winter. I have no idea why they changed this. The other Gods aren’t so bad, especially Sean Bean as Zeus. I really like him and felt he had the right appearance and voice for Zeus. ‘He had a well-trimmed beard, marbled gray and black like a storm cloud. His face was proud and handsome and grim, his eyes rainy gray.’
Verdict movie: I’m not a fan. I don’t like Logan Lerman and that’s the same as disliking the main character in a book. He and Alexandra could benefit from some acting lessons and the maker of the movies need to work on their adaptation skills.. I don’t mind that they gave the Gods more influence in the movie, but I wished they didn’t change so much about the storyline, like adding Persephone.
Rick Riordan – The lightening thief.
Sort: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1.
Published: March 1st 2006 by Disney Hyperion Books, 337 pages.
It happened. After my horrible experience with the movie, I wasn't planning to read the book. My book club friends were raving about the series though, so when I saw they had the series at my library I decided to go for it. I thought it was a very enjoyable story, but to be very honest, I wasn't blown away by it. The writing-style feels a bit too young for my taste. I like that it's written from the POV of a boy and Rick does a great job in writing the voice of a young boy. I was also surprised how much I liked Annabeth. Like I said, she was bitchy in the movie, but she was much kinder in the book. I couldn't stop myself from comparison this trio with Harry Potter, which was fun. It's definitely an improvement in comparison with the movie and I have the next book waiting for me, so let's see what more this series has to offer.
The book vs the movie: (I think it’s obvious there are spoilers in this part)Okay, so far we can conclude they changed the portrayal from the three main characters, they gave the Gods more influence and they added Persephone without a clear reason. There are also a couple of big lines they left out of the movie.
When Percy is on his mission to find the lightening bolt he encounters a Chimera, not a Hydra.
Percy leaves his mother behind when he meets Hades, because he knows she wants him to save the world. We find out that Ares plays a big role in the upcoming war, because the stole Hades’ helmet and gave Percy the backpack with the spell that the lightening bolt would only show up in the Underworld. The furies heard everything and take the Helmet back. Hades releases Percy’s mother. In the movie they leave Grover behind, getting him back as a thank-you from Zeus. The helmet nor Ares make an appearance.
Percy sees Luke back in the camp and that’s when the boy tells him how he wants to free Kronos. He talks to him in his dreams and they are about to change the world. In the movie we get to see a lame fight on the rooftop right before Percy takes the lightning bolt to Zeus. Luke gets some strange lines as in ‘he wants to take control’ and he is ‘tired of the old ways’ but Kronos is never mentioned.
The relationship between Percy and Annabeth has a nice touch in the book, but is completely destroyed in the movie. First we get one of those awkward staring-each-other-in-the-eyes moments the first time they see each other. This continues, because they are set on putting her down as a stereotype. The scene where the they play capture-the-flag is changed. Instead of working together, Percy and Annabeth fight against each other. This scene made me cringe and I wish the movie showed more of Annabeth than being the warrior. It’s great that they make her look strong, but there is more to her and they failed to deliver that. Which resulted in zero chemistry between them.
Grover’s important life mission isn’t mentioned at all and we also don’t get to see Annabeth’s struggle with her father, but she finally decides to return back home for the vacation, like Percy.
I hope you guys appreciate this post, because I had to sit through this movie again to find all the differences and it’s horrible. So. Have you seen the movie and/or read the book?